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Oblivion vs. Edge of Tomorrow

Updated on September 8, 2015

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Truth be told this film is actually pretty fantastic. Most people who don't like say things like, "Just another Tom Cruise movie", "It was too slow", "Not enough action", or it was "dumb". All these things are not valid enough to say this film is not great.

It was slow because that was the pace of the film. It's not a very long film and it seems as though the director wanted you to stop and take notice at the way things would be and how forgotten it all became. Take notice at how beautiful Earth really is because right now in our current state we don't. And if something like this film were to ever happen it would be too late to realize how we took it for granted.

Not enough action? That was again not the point of the film. In fact the amount of action that was involved was enough to fit the point of the film. It wasn't about "let's go shoot some aliens" or anything remotely like that. For a majority of the film our main character didn't even know he wasn't real. Why is it that as a society we need to have violence and sex and hate to make a good film?

Dumb? Please I won't even entertain the notion.

Tom Cruise isn't being given the credit he's due. It isn't entirely his fault people think he can only play a guy who beats people up. He's done more than just Mission Impossible and Jack Reacher characters. Take a look at Vanilla Sky, Valkyrie, Collateral, um The Last Samurai? I mean come on! I could go on.

Plot

"In the year 2077, Jack Harper (Tom Cruise) works as a security repairman on an Earth left empty and devastated after a war with aliens. Jack has two weeks left before his mission ends and he joins his fellow survivors on a faraway colony. However, Jack's concept of reality comes crashing down after he rescues a beautiful stranger (Olga Kurylenko) from a downed spacecraft. The woman's arrival triggers a chain of events that culminates in Jack's nearly single-handed battle to save mankind."

Description from Google.

Earth finds itself at the mercy of some unseen force. As the audience we don't know much about what happened until a little later on. Everything begins to take shape as our leading man develops.


I will admit if you watch some of the interviews done by Tom he doesn't seem to be able to explain his character all that well. I think he was having a hard time finding the right words to describe it. His character is a clone of the real person and has some of the same memories. If you watched one of the videos on youtube that talks about everything that's wrong with this film, he says one of the flaws was how Jack is tech 49 and doesn't stop to wonder who the other techs are. Well as clone, he was programmed to live the same life everyday and not question his job. Obviously the other techs were not his first priority until later.

Edge of tomorrow

If you didn't see Oblivion but you watched Edge of Tomorrow, I think you would agree with me that the film was pretty awesome. Some said it was very similar to his previous film but I disagree. He's got the same haircut because he started immediately after Oblivion.

Edge of Tomorrow is based off a Japanese Novel All You Need Is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka. It's actually a pretty decent novel, a little confusing at first and leaves off a cliff hanger not at all like the movie.

The world is in chaos and we're sending troops fight aliens who are trying to defeat us and they will. When Cage kills a an alien that sends him into a time loop where he keeps trying and trying to make it through. He teams up with full metal bitch Rita and together they go on to figure out how to save humanity.

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Cage reaches his breaking point. He's gotten to know Rita. Falls in love with her and has to watch her die, day after day after day. And eventually he just doesn't want to do it anymore. He wants to end it all.

Even though Rita comes off all kick ass she does still have her soft side and only Cage gets to see it. When he looses his time warp and it comes time to end the war he has to make a sacrifice. And the ending leaves us confused. What do you think happened?

So as you can see...they are in fact different. Is there a love interest whom he needs to save sure. But the plot is totally different!

You don't have to like either of these movies, but give them the credit they deserve. They're films with meaning and a moral. How can you not appreciate that.

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